Thursday, February 4, 2016

Holding Systems Accountable for Violence Prevention - Use of Maps

I attended the quarterly meeting of Strengthening Chicago's Youth today at Lurie Hospital in Chicago, along with about 100 other people. The focus of the event was on "Holding Systems Accountable for Violence Prevention".  Following a panel discussion breakout sessions looked for ideas about holding systems accountable. Part of that included defining what we mean by "systems" and "accountability".  SCY is compiling the notes from the event and will post them on their web site. When that is available I'll update this link.

To me "systems" are the various institutions who occupy space in a geographic area, such as the Chicago region, or smaller segments, such as community areas on the West or South side of Chicago, where high poverty contributes to greater levels of violence.

Accountability, is what institutions and individuals do to "look in their own mirror" and say, "What have I done today with my time, talent, wealth, status, etc. to bring needed violence prevention services to the neighborhoods where I have a reason to be involved?"

Holding political leaders accountable means, there is some way of knowing what they do to help their district overcome violence, and there is a voter turnout to elect, or re-elect, representatives who actually demonstrate consistent actions intended to reduce violence in their district.

A while back I created the presentation shown below, and posted it in this article on the Tutor/Mentor blog. I hope you'll look at it. I hope that people in different sections of Chicago, and in other cities, will create their own versions of this, share it on their blogs, and then encourage others who should be involved, to share the presentation so it reaches a larger percent of people in the region.


This is one of many strategy presentations I've posted on my web sites, blogs and platforms like Scribd. Below is an image from another presentation, which describes four concurrent strategies that I feel must be happening in order to create the change we want to see in our communities.



The articles on my website, the SCY-Chicago web site, and on sites I point to from my web library, represent ideas people can use to build collaborations and solve complex problems. However, if we don't find ways to tell millions of people these ideas are available to them, too few will find them,  understand them, and act upon them. Since the social sector and individual citizens don't have the millions of dollars that corporate advertisers use to draw customers to their products, services and stores, or the billions that political campaigns spend in every election cycle, we need to find other ways to draw daily attention to these ideas.


That means you need to share this and other articles I and others are writing, on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and in your weekly Sunday School meeting.  It means you need to create similar presentations, showing your own "theory of change" and "problem solving strategy" and post it on your own blog or web site.


You need to follow me and each other. We need to create attention even when the story is not on the front page of the local newspaper.


At the end of each day, look in your mirror, and check off the things you did to make change happen.

NOTE: On Feb. 4. I posted an update to this on the Tutor/Mentor blog.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mapping Slums of Buenos Aires

This article introduces a mapping project that puts the slums of Buenos Aires on a map.  That's the first step in community building and collaboration efforts that would fill map areas with a wide range of needed learning supports and jobs programs, 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Where Tutor/Mentor Orgs Needed-based on indicators

This map is a screen shot from the Community Commons resource center. The map shows census tracts where a high number of Hispanic residents have not received a high school diploma.  The areas with the darkest red are tracts with 200 or more people without a diploma.

If you click this link,  you'll find another map, this one showing 'racial/ethnic diversity. 

On this map I've also turned on Illinois state senate district boundaries, which can be used to hold elected people accountable for what they do to help the people in their district. I've a feature like this built into the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, but the technology on this site is much more sophisticated than on my site. 

I encourage you to browse around the Community Commons map. You can look at other cities. You can zoom in. You can turn on different layers of information. It's a really good data site.

Using maps like this, and maps that show services, like tutor/mentor programs, that might help young people stay in school and get their diplomas, or adult literacy/career education programs that help adults get a GED, or vocational skills training, could show where existing services are located and where more are needed.

Browse articles on this blog, and here and here on the Tutor/Mentor blog that show how I've used maps in stories that are intended to motivate leaders to provide time and resources to support existing programs and/or help new ones grow where they are needed.  Youth, volunteers, business and/or political leaders in any of these areas could be creating similar maps, for the same purpose that I do.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Resources for mapping data

This concept map includes links to some of the data-mapping portals that are described in past articles on this blog.  It will be updated from time to time to add links to new portals as they are discovered.

I seek to be part of a network of data visualization and communications talent who will use this information to create on-going stories that draw more people, dollars and resources to places where the map indicators show extra help is needed. 

If you'd like to sponsor this work, or be part of  it, introduce yourself with a comment, or connect with me on Twitter, LinkedIN or Facebook.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chicago Most Segregated City in US - Brooking.edu

I included this map from a Brookings.edu article in a story I posted here in May 2015. 

Today I received another article from Brookings,edu, under the headline "The Most American City: Chicago, race and inequality". 

I have started using an annotation tool to highlight and comment on articles like this. Here's the link to the annotated version.  

The writer finises with a comment saying, "The broader tragedy of Baltimore, of Ferguson, of Chicago, is that black and Hispanic Americans in the poorest areas of our cities have such bleak prospects. The danger is that once the media bandwagon has moved on, these structural inequalities will remain."  

The strategies I've launched since 1993, through the Tutor/Mentor Connection, have aimed to keep attention focused on issues like this, even when the media are not paying attention.  Read stories on this blog and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC blog, to see how I've been doing that for the past 10 years. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Map of high schools in Chicago - Crain's web site

Crain's  has been running a series of articles under the headline of "Five Big Ideas for Chicago's Troubled Schools". Day four article includes an interactive map showing location of different types of high schools, overlaid on poverty demographics. Click on each dot on the map to see the identity of the school, graduation rate, ACT school and number of students enrolled.

Browse the map stories I've posted since 2008 and see how I've been trying to develop an interactive mapping platform that supports leadership planning and volunteer involvement.  I keep looking for partners and volunteers to help me keep my sites working, and to  upgrade them and teach more people to use them.